Injury worries mount for Gunners
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brazilian midfielder Gilberto is unlikely to be included for either game due to his long-haul flight back from Paraguay, while Cole is still struggling with the knee injury he picked up in the first leg meeting with Chelsea two weeks ago.
Definitely out of both games and for the next month is French defender Pascal Cygan after picking up an ankle problem in the reserves in midweek.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is resigned to being without the two for the big cup games, but was delighted to report no other injuries with his international contingent returning to Highbury unscathed.
"Gilberto, I don't count for the next game or maybe two," Wenger told the club's official website. "Ashley Cole is out for Saturday and I think he will be short for Tuesday as well. Maybe he will be fit for Liverpool and Newcastle.
"Sylvain Wiltord is back in contention. But I think he'll be short for this weekend because he has not played since December. However he'll be back quickly because he has worked very hard.
"Philippe Senderos is coming back but we lost Pascal Cygan in midweek. He has an ankle injury and will be out for three to four weeks."
Arsenal face a hectic schedule of four games in the next 10 days and Wenger could shuffle his squad by resting a few players, although he has still to decide whether to play Thierry Henry against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final.
"We have been lucky with the players who played [internationals] because they came back in good shape," added Wenger.
"Thierry (Henry) will be available but nothing is decided yet.
"It is a very difficult situation to manage because we have four games in a week.
"I have to consider the whole task we face in the eight days and try to be successful everywhere. That is my target. I hope I will find a solution and I am confident I will."